Win Free Laser Eye Surgery
Every month, one lucky patient wins FREE life changing laser eye surgery at Optical Express! Just fill out the enquiry form on the right hand side of the screen and tick the "Win free treatment!" box to enter our exclusive competition. Terms & Conditions
We are delighted to announce our October winner is Christina McKelvey. We'll keep you updated with her progress.
We have contacted our September winner and this will be announced in due course!
We randomly selected Mary Murphy from Cork as our winner of FREE laser eye surgery for August! Mary was delighted to discover she was our winner and arranged her consultation in our Cork clinic, we will let you know how she gets on!
Charlie Brewitt from County Clare was randomly selected as the winner of our FREE laser eye surgery competition for the month of July. He was delighted to discover he was our winner and told us 'This is absolutely fantastic news!! I'm over the moon this will be such a life changer'. Charlie had already attended a consultation and was found suitable in our Cork clinic, he now is awaiting his surgery which is booked for the start of September in Newbridge. We will keep you updated on his progress.
June's winner of FREE laser eye surgery unfortunately never got in contact to arrange their consultation within the 28 days so their prize was withdrawn.
We were unable to get in contact with May's winner and their prize was sadly withdrawn.
Our April competition winner of FREE laser eye surgery was Clodagh Bentley from Shannon. After her consultation in Cork, she told us:
"After learning I had won free laser eye surgery, I had my consultation in Cork and found the staff to be very friendly and efficient, made me feel very at ease and answered all my questions professionally. However after the scans and eye test they discovered that I was not suitable but I would have no hesitation to recommend Optical Express to anybody considering laser eye surgery. A few days later I was contacted by Optical Express and offered a £500 voucher as an alternative prize which I'm more than happy to receive."
This month we randomly selected Carrie Guinan from Clara as our winner of FREE laser eye surgery. Carrie's initial consultation was carried out in our Dublin Ballsbridge clinic at the end of April and after being found suitable, she arranged her surgery for the end of May.
After the life changing treatment she told us:
"Thank you so much to Optical Express for choosing me as a winner, this really has been a life changing experience. I was so surprised when I got the email to say I had won, needless to say I was ecstatic!
Just a quick thanks to everyone in the team in Ballsbridge, I had LASIK treatment last Friday & I'm delighted with the results, I can't believe how simple it was.
I was very nervous about the treatment and everyone made me feel at ease. The staff talked me through everything step by step and answered all my questions. They were fantastic, friendly and very professional. I could not fault them.
The before and aftercare was excellent. The treatment itself was really fast and only lasted a few minutes. It was a painless procedure and the results are amazing. I would highly recommend this treatment, Thanks again to everyone at Optical Express."
Margaret Bul from Dublin was randomly selected as this month's lucky winner. When she got the call, Margaret was delighted to discover she would be getting laser eye surgery from Optical Express – completely free of charge! Her consultation in Dublin proved she was a suitable candidate and she had her surgery carried out in May. Margaret told us:
"As I got older I went from bifocals to varifocals. It was becoming a nuisance because I worked in Catering, steamed up lenses were awkward! Earlier this year I went to Optical Express for a consultation and was told that I was eligible to have the LASIK procedure at their clinic. I want to thank the staff at Optical Express who helped me and explained each step of the procedure. The procedure itself was simple, quick and painless, I went home for a rest and was amazed when I woke up that my long-sight was fantastic..no more varifocals! All I need is a simple pair of reading glasses, other than that I don't need them at all."
We are pleased to announce January's lucky winner of laser eye surgery is Annette Hurley from Cork! When we informed Annette she would be receiving this life changing surgery completely free of charge, she was in shock and told us 'You have no idea how you've make my day/week/month!'After her initial consultation determined she was suitable, Annette had her surgery in Dublin at the start of March.
She told us:
"It's been over five weeks since having laser surgery with Optical Express in Ballsbridge, Dublin and I couldn't be happier with the results. I now have better than 20:20 vision which I find incredible. I have heard some people say that they still reach for their glasses in the morning, but as a past contact lens wearer I didn't experience that. What stands out for me is that I can distinctly see car registrations from further away when I'm driving and I have to constantly remind myself that I am not wearing contact lenses. From the moment I walked into the Ballsbridge clinic I was made to feel welcome and the friendly staff automatically helped me to relax. The procedure itself was very fast and in no way painful. The sharpness of my vision now is most noticeable on a clear sunny day. I never knew that this is what people with perfect vision can see. There are no words for how much I appreciate Optical Express giving me one of the most precious gifts, my sight. I will be forever grateful. You have changed my life immeasurably. I guess the moral of this little story is that, the competition is free to enter. Even if you don't win, you can have a free consultation. One way or another you will know if you are a suitable candidate. It may also turn out to be less expensive than what you assume or if you are extremely lucky, like me, it could be completely free."
Dean Kinsella from Cork was chosen as our winner for December! He was shocked to discover he was our winner of free laser eye surgery as he had already been for a consultation and was ready to book when he got the call. He had his treatment in Dublin at the end of February and is delighted with the results. He told us:
"From the day I realised I needed glasses at the age of 14, I never felt totally comfortable with the idea of wearing them. Although I wore contact lenses for several years, I always contemplated getting laser eye surgery. Having finally decided to go ahead with the procedure thanks to the competition, I realise it's the best decision I've ever made. After 4 weeks I now have 20/20 vision! I would highly recommend laser eye surgery with Optical Express to anybody."
Our November winner sadly did not respond to our calls or emails and missed out on the chance of FREE laser eye surgery!
If you would like to book your FREE consultation, call us on 1800 818 543!
Susan O'Driscoll from Dublin was randomly selected as our winner of FREE laser eye surgery for the month of October. Susan was delighted to hear she was our winner and after a consultation in Dublin, found she was suitable for the surgery. She had her treatment carried out at the beginning of December and enjoyed new vision for the New Year! She told us:
'The results are worth it, I had LASEK surgery and my vision is now wonderful. It feel like I'm seeing things in HD and my night vision is particularly impressive. I would recommend it!'
The winner of Septembers free laser eye surgery is Catherine Cosgrave from Dublin! When she heard the news she told us:
"I never win anything so I was delighted to hear I won FREE Laser eye surgery! I had thought about for a while but didn't really know if it was something that I would be suitable for."
Luckily, her initial consultation in our Dundrum clinic determined she was suitable for the life changing procedure and she went ahead and had treatment in December and achieved fantastic vision!
Our lucky August winner of FREE laser eye surgery is Brendan Corcoran from Westmeath! Brendan was delighted to discover he was our winner and told us 'It seems like a dream to get this prize, I'm ever so grateful.' His consultation was carried out in our Dundrum clinic in September and had his treatment in Dublin in October. Afterwards he told us:
""I want to say a big thank you to all the staff at Optical Express. It was a big surprise to win this competition as I actually forgot I entered it! I had to call back Optical Express the next day to confirm I won it as it seemed too good to be true! I booked in my consultation the next week after I won the competition in the Dundrum clinic. I had the LASIK Wavefront Intralase treatment in the Ballsbridge clinic. The procedure itself only took less than twenty minutes and it was amazing waking up the next morning and not having to reach for my glasses! I do a lot of sports including swimming, cycling and running so for me it was a life changing event. My only regret is not getting it done a few years ago. All the staff in Optical Express were so helpful to me and were always there to answer the many questions I had. There are too many names to thank everyone individually."
Mary Deeny from Co. Donegall was randomly selected as our lucky competition winner for July! She was delighted to find out she would be receiving laser eye surgery from Optical Express, completely free of charge! Her initial consultation determined she would be a suitable candidate and her treatment was performed in our Dublin clinic in October. She told us:
'I have been wearing glasses since I was three years of age.....a long time. Laser eye surgery was always at the back of my mind, but I had been told that I'd never be a suitable candidate. Contact lenses were never a success and I spent a lot of money trying to find the perfect contacts for me. I just wanted to SEE.
I entered the competition on the Optical Express site and a number of weeks later I got the call to say I'd won!!! Of course I did not believe the lady because truthfully I have NEVER won anything in my life. But the email followed, then the letter & the information pack arrived and I figured this was for real!!
The appointment was made and I was still apprehensive that this would not happen for me. Consultation was very thorough and the staff were very informative & professional but so friendly that I felt at ease right away. Imagine my delight, to put it mildly, to be told I was a candidate for surgery!!
The day of surgery, I was ecstatic, this was really happening to me. The staff in Belfast were very informative and I was told exactly what was happening as the procedure progressed. The Wavefront Lasik Intralase was so quick and more or less painless, not to mention the encouragement of the nurses in the operating theatre.
I took extremely good care of my eyes post op and was meticulous about drops etc. You often hear people complain about sore eyes afterwards, but you have to take good care with drops etc and it is really only a short time to get back to normal, so it is well worth being careful.
I would highly recommend Optical Express, they are professional, friendly and very understanding. It was truly a great experience with great results.
Thank you so much for a terrific prize, perfect eyesight I thought I'd never have.'
June's lucky winner of FREE laser eye surgery is Emer McCardle from Dublin! After attending a consultation in Dublin Dundrum, Emer was excited to find out she was a suitable candidate for laser eye surgery. She has booked her surgery for September, we will let you know how she gets on! She said:
"Thank you so much to Optical Express for choosing me as a winner, this has been a truly life changing experience. I was so surprised when I got the call to say I had won, I had worn glasses for over 20 years and dreamed of the day I wouldn't need them anymore.
I had surgery in mid September just before my 30th birthday, all the staff from Newbridge and Dundrum where so pleasant and calming. I was very nervous but the procedure was completely pain free and quick and at my check up the next day my vision was better than 20/20.
Since the surgery all aspects of my life have improved, from working with children, home life with my own children, driving, exercising and cooking - all these tasks are now hassle free and easy. I cannot thank Optical Express and they're amazing workforce enough for this. I would recommend anyone that is considering laser eye surgery to go for a consultation where all questions and fears are discussed, trust me I will never forget this experience. Thank you once again to all the amazing staff, you guys are awesome!"
Our May winner unfortunately did not respond to our calls or emails and missed out on the chance of FREE laser eye surgery!
Enter our competition today for your chance to win!
Our lucky April winner of free laser eye surgery is Joan Howard from Dalkey!
Joan was delighted to discover she was our winner. After being found suitable at her initial consultation, Joan had her surgery carried out at the beginning of June in Dublin and was amazed at the results.
She told us:
"When I got the phone call to say that I had won free laser eye surgery I could not believe it, I have never won anything before!
I was invited along for a consultation and although very excited I was expected to be told I was unsuitable for surgery as I have worn glasses since I started school and as I got older my eyes got worse until I ended up with a -5 prescription.
I ended up having LASEK surgery which has a 4 day recovery time. The following day was quite uncomfortable but it got easier. I just kept telling myself no pain no gain. It was definitely worth a couple of days discomfort in exchange for never having to wear my glasses again.
Having always had bad eyesight, even being able to read the time on my beside clock without first putting on my glasses is a new experience for me. Watching television is more enjoyable as everything is so much clearer, I can read the small print on the adverts!
It's the little things that give me such a buzz, I cannot thank everyone at Optical Express Ballsbridge enough for giving me such a life changing gift."
Mr Daniel Butler from Dublin was our lucky March winner of free laser eye surgery! His consultation was booked into our Dublin clinic in May where he was found suitable for the treatment. Daniel's surgery was carried out at the end of May in our Dublin clinic and he is delighted with the results."
He told us:
"All of the staff were extremely helpful from start to finish, from the first consultation they were more than happy to answer any questions and make sure I felt at ease. A lot of the people I spoke to when arranging the consultation and surgery had it done themselves so they were able to offer personal experiences which was great.
On the day of the surgery the nurses were fantastic, talking me through the procedure which itself was completely painless and was over before I knew it! Within a few hours of the surgery I could notice the difference, and by the next day my sight was perfect.
It's amazing that such a life changing surgery can be so simple, and it is great to wake up each day and not have to worry about glasses or contacts anymore!"
"All of the staff were extremely helpful from start to finish, from the first consultation they were more than happy to answer any questions and make sure I felt at ease. A lot of the people I spoke to when arranging the consultation and surgery had it done themselves so they were able to offer personal experiences which was great.
On the day of the surgery the nurses were fantastic, talking me through the procedure which itself was completely painless and was over before I knew it! Within a few hours of the surgery I could notice the difference, and by the next day my sight was perfect. It's amazing that such a life changing surgery can be so simple, and it is great to wake up each day and not have to worry about glasses or contacts anymore!"
February's lucky winner of free laser eye surgery is Sharon Morrison from County Limerick. Sharon was excited to discover she was selected as our winner and after an initial consultation in Cork, she had her surgery in Newbridge at the end of April.
She told us:
"Hi my name is Sharon Morrison and I am 21 years old, going into my last year of college. Money is very tight as I am a student.
I always wanted to get Laser eye correction done because I didn't like wearing glasses and I found contract lenses so sore.
When I went on to the Optical Express website I entered into a draw to be in a chance to win Laser eye surgery for free. I was delighted to find out that I won and I was so excited to get it done.
On the day of surgery I was very nervous but the surgeon and nurses up in Optical Express Newbridge were the best. They made me feel at ease straight away and I felt so comfortable. I was only in surgery for a few minutes and I was shocked to find out that it was finished, it was so fast.
Straight afterwards I could see so much better and I was amazed. It was only uncomfortable the next 24hrs but now I have better then 20/20 vision so it was worth every minute of it.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of the staff in optional express in Cork and in Newbridge. You are the best. Thank you so much for changing my life! "
Our first winner of the New Year is Fionnuala Lynch from Dublin! Fionnuala had already been to a consultation with Optical Express when she was notified of her fantastic prize. As she had already been found suitable, Fionnuala booked her surgery into the Dublin store at the end of April, and was delighted with the results! She told us:
"Life changing! No longer having to search for glasses that could never be found. I needed glasses for both and long and short distance so monovision certainly was the way to go! I love swimming and taking part in triathlons so not having to wear glasses is a dream come true. The staff were so professional and caring, truly a wonderful experience and totally pain free!"
Brian Breheny from Sligo is our lucky winner for December. Brian had already been in the process of booking surgery for himself as he felt his glasses and contact lenses were a hassle. When he was called, he was delighted to discover he would be receiving it from Optical Express completely free of charge!
After his initial consultation in January, Brian had his free laser eye surgery in our Dublin clinic in February and is delighted with the results. He told us:
'I am delighted with the result of my treatment and with the care I received. The staff made me feel very comfortable and relaxed on the day of my surgery, they are a credit to the company. Laser eye surgery was something I had wanted for a while especially as I was getting married this year and thanks to Optical Express I will be free of my glasses on my big day!'
Our Lucky winner of Laser eye surgery for November is Linda Maloney.
Linda had yet to book a consultation when she was informed of her fantastic prize of free laser eye surgery. Her initial consultation determined she was suitable for treatment and Linda's surgery was carried out at the end of January in Newbridge. She told us:
"I entered the competition not thinking I would be in with a chance, I still can't believe my luck. Upon receiving the news needless to say I was ecstatic. The staff at Optical Express Newbridge were extremely helpful and answered all the questions I had. The day of the surgery was relaxing as the surgical team made themselves known to me and talked me through the entire procedure. The surgery itself took only seconds, I still can't believe the results. It is such a great prize to win, it was amazing to actually wake up the next day and be able to see clearly without reaching for my glasses. My eyes were so bad before the surgery that everyday routines couldn't be done without the help of glasses or contact lenses. I would like to thank the surgical team and people at Optical Express for all their hard work and their courtesy."
October’s winner of free laser eye surgery was student Eswary Valaithan.
Eswary was reluctant to claim the prize at first, but after our Cork store’s reassurance, she booked her consultation.
As a student, Eswary had found it difficult to concentrate in lectures and was very excited to learn she would be receiving her laser eye surgery for free. Her treatment was carried out in Newbridge at the start of January:
"I would like to thank you for this prize it is very meaningful as I badly wanted to fix my eyes. I study drugs and medicinal product analysis and have difficulty seeing things in the laboratory and find it difficult to concentrate in lecture. Every day I come home with a headache because of my classes.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, very much."
Our lucky September winner of free laser eye surgery is Paul Bray. He had been looking into the treatment when he entered our competition and was delighted to discover he had won!
Paul was thrilled to discover he was suitable for surgery after his consultation in Dundrum in October. His treatment was carried out in Dublin in January.
Ms Catherine Furlong is our lucky August winner of free laser eye surgery. Catherine had completed our online form as she felt that wearing glasses and contacts were a hassle and had heard positive things from friends who have had laser eye surgery with Optical Express in the past. Catherine’s surgery was carried out in December in the Dublin store and she was delighted with the results:
‘A few months back, I spent two minutes online filling out a form to win laser eye surgery. In a matter of weeks I received a phone call from Optical Express informing me that I had won. It was as simple and as easy as that. The surgery was of the most advanced kind and I was elated. Initially I was a bit worried about the surgery. I had an consultation the clinic prior to the procedure and felt more at ease with the surgery after this. The surgical procedure itself is very quick and any initial discomfort has been well worth it as I now have perfect vision and zero discomfort. It has been a matter of weeks since the surgery and it has made me feel as though I have had perfect vision all my life. Laser eye surgery has cut out the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, the latter of which sometimes caused my eyes to become dry and irritable. Optical express were flexible with regard to surgery taking place on a date that suited me, for which I was grateful. I also benefited from free check ups following the procedure which reassured me that everything had went according to plan. I think it is important to do your own research into laser eye surgery and to talk to people who have been through the procedure. Personally I feel I have benefitted hugely from a fantastic prize. Thank you Optical Express!’
July's lucky winner is Mr Colin Devane.
Colin was thinking over his treatment and payment options having already had a laser consultation at the Dublin, Dundrum store when he was notified of his superb win.
Colin said "I can't believe I won. I have been thinking about having laser eye surgery done for a long time, what great news."
After his treatment in November he told us:
'I was excited to find out I had won laser eye surgery as I am a keen sports player and felt that my glasses and contact lenses were holding me back. The surgery itself was slightly uncomfortable but not painful and shortly after my vision was perfect. It has made a huge difference to me in playing sports like hurling and mountain biking, as I no longer worry about my the hassle of contact lenses, which is amazing. Thank you to everyone at Optical Express, the service was first class and I am thrilled with the results.'
Mrs Anne Bermingham is our fortunate June winner. Anne hadn't booked a consultation and was surprised when we notified her of her fantastic win. Anne said:
"I was already considering laser eye surgery when I filled out an online enquiry form to book a free consultation at my local Optical Express. Unfortunately, I had to cancel the consultation due to financial commitments which meant I couldn't afford to proceed. A few weeks later I was contacted by a lovely girl at Optical Express who told me that I had won the competition for free laser eye surgery! I couldn't believe it and even had to ask the girl to send me an e-mail confirming that this was real and not someone playing a practical joke on me. The surgery itself was painless, taking less than 5 minutes, and there was only slight discomfort for a few hours afterwards before my eyes completely settled down. By the next day I could see better than I ever! I would just like to say thank you to all the Optical Express staff that took care of me during and after my laser eye surgery both in Cork and Newbridge, the staff in both clinics have been so helpful and kind...and of course thank you to the girl that wasn't playing a practical joke!"
We are delighted to announce that Mr Stephen O'Reilly is our May winner of free laser eye surgery. Stephen hadn't booked a consultation when he was notified of his fantastic win.
Stephen said: 'I'm over the moon, I had originally booked a consultation but had to cancel due other financial commitments. I can't believe that the procedure will be completely free of charge.'
Stephen has now booked his consultation at our Dublin Dundrum clinic were his suitability will be tested. We will let you know how he gets on.
Our lucky winner of free laser eye surgery in April is Linda Young. Linda had already had a consultation will us at our Dundrum clinic when she got the call telling her she had won.
Linda said: "I've been wearing glasses for nearly 20 years and contacts for five years, I've always found them both a nuisance. I carried both of them around in case I decided to go out or needed to wear my sunglasses. I disliked taking my contacts out at night, sometimes it could take me ten minutes to get them out. I've never liked touching my eyes.
"When I got the call telling me I had won I couldn't believe my luck, it all happened so quickly. Two days after I got the call I was in Dublin having the Advanced Customvue Lasik with iFS™ 150 IntraLase procedure done.
"The procedure itself took minutes and all the staff were really friendly and reassuring. My eyes were watering on the way home from the clinic so I went to bed for an hour and when I woke up I could see perfectly.
"I cannot recommend the procedure highly enough, I can now see better than I did with my glasses or contact lenses. One week after treatment I ran a marathon and felt fantastic. Thank you very much Optical Express."
We are pleased to announce Mr. Domhnall O'Sullivan of Dublin as our monthly winner of FREE laser eye surgery for March. Domhnall already knew he was suitable for the treatment after attending a free laser consultation at our Dublin Dundrum Clinic when he was notified of his win.
Domnhall, an aerospace engineer who has been wearing glasses for 22 years said, "As a dad of three I'm forever losing my glasses and usually buy at least two pairs as well as prescription sunglasses, which can be very expensive.
"Having already had a free consultation and knowing I was suitable for laser eye surgery, I had decided to postpone treatment for the foreseeable future for financial reasons as the school holidays were approaching. Six weeks later I couldn't believe it when I got the call saying that I had won Advanced Customvue Lasik treatment with iFS™ 150 IntraLase completely free of charge, I was absolutely thrilled!
"The whole process from start to finish was thoroughly professional. Right from the initial free consultation (which lasted about two hours) the team at Optical Express were extremely professional. At my consultation all my questions were answered and every aspect of the surgery was thoroughly explained. I did not feel under any pressure to book the surgery. It was a very informative consultation where I was told why I was suitable and what types of treatment and price options were available to me.
"When I found out I had won, I booked myself in for treatment immediately. On the day I felt immediately welcomed at the surgery clinic and was given a questionnaire to fill out. I was then seen by my surgeon for more tests and once it was confirmed I was definitely suitable for treatment I was then led into the laser treatment suite.
"I was given a local anaesthetic (which was basically eye drops to numb my eyes) so the operation itself was not painful. Although there was a slight feeling of pressure, I didn't feel any pain at all. The nurse was excellent and kept me calm throughout by talking me through the procedure step-by-step, which was great as I knew exactly what was happening and how long the treatment would take. The whole team was really supportive and really knew what they were doing, which kept me at ease the entire time I was there.
"After the surgery (which only lasted about 10 minutes!), my nurse talked through my aftercare regime, which consisted of taking regular eye drops to stop my eyes from feeling too dry and wearing very attractive eye shields at night to stop any accidental damage while I was asleep or unwanted infections while my eyes completely healed. I'm not going to lie, the first few hours after the local anaesthetic wore off were uncomfortable - a bit like peeling onions and your eyes streaming but not being able to rub your eyes. My eyes were a little swollen but I found any discomfort was eased by paracetamol and I had already arranged for my wife to pick me up from the clinic as I knew I wouldn't be able to drive right away.
"When I got home I went straight to bed and slept for about three hours straight. When I woke up I felt fine...and so did my sight! I slept on and off for most of that day but there was no pain or discomfort. The next morning I woke up and as promised my sight was even better. My vision had improved even more, the swelling was reduced and to be honest, I was thrilled with the outcome.
"When I went for my check up later the next day, I was told my vision was now two lines on the chart better than 20/20 which was confirmed again at my next check up a week later.
"I was told at my initial consultation that I would need reading glasses after treatment, basically because I'm over 40 and, like a lot of people my age, I have a slight reading prescription. I'm really glad they made that very clear before my surgery as I knew exactly what to expect my eyesight to be like after the surgery and could make a fully informed decision. Now it's much easier to just grab a pair of glasses when I'm reading the paper, but not have to worry about wearing them when I'm out playing with the kids or watching TV.
"I couldn't be happier that I entered the online competition and won laser eye surgery and I couldn't recommend Optical Express highly enough."
Our lucky February 2011 winner Miss Bernardina Vinci had the Advanced Customvue Wavefront with iFS 150™ IntraLase laser eye procedure at our Dublin clinic in April, completely free of charge. Before her win, Miss Vinci had a suitability consultation at our Dublin Wellington Road clinic and on discovering that she was a perfect candidate for laser booked her procedure.
Dina said: "I've worn glasses for 17 years and have a -3 prescription. I find glasses awkward, and contact lenses make my eyes dry and are uncomfortable when I'm working out. I'm an avid gym bunny and especially enjoy jogging and cycling. I wanted to have laser eye surgery for a long time and had finally decided to go for it before I won the competition. The suitability consultation was great, the Dublin clinic employees are lovely; they answered all of my questions and reassured me that the procedure is safe.
"The surgery was completed in a few minutes, I was able to see straight away. After the procedure my surgeon, Nafa Bader, described which drops to use and when and what to avoid for a week. I can't believe that I waited to do this. Since the treatment I feel a huge sense of freedom; there is nothing better than waking up in the morning and being able to see. I don't know how I'm going to spend my saved treatment money yet, perhaps a big trip where I can see the sights without glasses or contact lenses."
Our first winner of 2011 is Mrs. Lana Abrahamson. Lana had booked a free appointment with us to see if she was eligible for laser eye surgery but after her husband was made redundant she reluctantly cancelled. When we called her to say she was our January winner, she was delighted.
Lana said "When I got the call to say I had won free Laser eye surgery, I couldn't quite believe it. I have never won anything before. Where's the catch I thought? But it was true, and there was no catch. It would have taken me years to save for up after my husband's redundancy.
"On the day of surgery, I was a little anxious. As I arrived, the staff were friendly and helpful. One of the staff looking after me that day told me she had laser eye two years ago, which was reassuring as I had never met anyone who had laser eye surgery before. The team made laser eye surgery easy to understand, I knew exactly what to expect. The operation is a little uncomfortable but it's over very quickly. Laser eye surgery is definitely worth it.
"After the surgery I went straight home, to close my eyes and relax. It was great not doing anything, my husband spoilt me and did everything. My eyes did feel strange on the day of the procedure, slightly gritty. The next day when you open your eyes for the first time it's amazing. I could see everything clearly and I wasn't wearing any glasses.
"Life without glasses is fantastic. I don't have to re-fix my glasses when I exercise, or clean them when it's raining or when they steam up. My favourite part of not wearing glasses is hugs. I don't have to worry when my three year old son comes running towards me for a big hug. Before my treatment he had to stop short and I'd remind him 'mind mummy's glasses'. Now he just runs up and we hug. Thank you Optical Express for my fantastic prize."
We have drawn a lucky winner for December but they haven't replied to our calls or emails yet.
The winner has 28 days to respond or the prize will be redrawn.
November's lucky winner of laser eye surgery is Mrs Margaret McFadden. She entered the competition via our online enquiry form and was taken completely by surprise when she was notified of her win.
Margaret said "I've never won anything before but I thought I'd try my luck with the Optical Express competition as I've always wanted to have this treatment, I can't believe I've won!"
Margaret has now booked her consultation at our Dublin Dundrum clinic and is looking forward to seeing in 2011 with her new vision.
Mr Brendan Baker is our lucky October winner of free laser eye surgery, he had his consultation at Optical Express Dundrum Clinic in August and was delighted to be found suitable for treatment.
Brendan was doing further research online when he came across the form on the Optical Express website to win free treatment, which he filled out. He said "I can't believe I've won, I was impressed by the service I'd received at my consultation as well as the information provided by the optometrist. I wanted to do my own research before booking my treatment, I came across the competition and thought I would enter, I'm delighted I did."
September's winner of free laser eye surgery is Mr Syl O'Neill. Syl enquired via the website and was yet to book a consultation when he was told of his fantastic win.
Unfortunately at his consultation at our Dundrum clinic, Syl was found unsuitable for laser eye surgery and was unable to proceed.
If you're considering laser, book a consultation today and find out if you are suitable for the treatment.
Our August prize draw winner was Ms Natalia Gregova. She filled out an enquiry form online and from all the August entries was chosen as the winner. She said "I was delighted to hear that I had won laser eye surgery. I was actually shocked, as I had never won anything in my life until now. Laser eye surgery was something I had always wanted to go for; glasses and contact lenses were costing me more and more each year."
Natalia had her treatment on the 26th October and is now seeing better than 20/20. She said "I absolutely love my new vision and am overjoyed with level of service I have received, many thanks to everyone at Optical Express for all their help and cooperation. I will definitely be recommending Optical Express to all my friends and family."
July's winner of the free prize draw for laser eye surgery was Jennifer Dooley. Jennifer had filled out an online enquiry form but hadn't yet booked a consultation when she was notified as the winner. She had a consultation at our Dundrum clinic and is happy to be suitable for laser eye surgery. She had surgery at our Dublin Ballsbridge Clinic and is delighted with the results.
Ms Bernie Keppel was the lucky winner in June. She had her treatment in July and is overjoyed with her new vision. Bernie said "My new vision is great! Having worn contact lenses for 22 years, the freedom of being without them is wonderful especially as I travel a lot, no more worries about a lens splitting or running out of solution. Thanks to all at Optical Express, both in Dundrum and at the clinic at Ballsbridge, Wellington Road. Their professionalism and courtesy was exceptional."
Mr Eoin Vaughan was the winner of the free prize draw in May; he entered via the online enquiry form and was drawn before he had booked his consultation. Unfortunately Eoin was found unsuitable for laser eye surgery at his consultation and was unable to proceed.
The April winner of our competition is Killian Blake of Dublin. Mr Blake attended his consultation in Dublin, and is booked in for his free laser eye surgery. He is very excited to have won, and is enjoying his life without glasses!
Congratulations to Mike Murnane of Limerick who was the winner of our March prize draw for free laser eye surgery! Mr Murnane attended his consultation at our Cork clinic, before having his free surgery in Newbridge.
Mr Marcin Zielinski of Cork was our February winner of free laser eye surgery. Mr Zielinski's name was drawn after he had attended his consultation in Cork; he went for with treatment in our Dublin clinic completely free of charge! Our congratulations go out to him, he will be able to enjoy the summer months without his contact lenses!
Our lucky January winner of FREE laser eye surgery was Miss Gillian Tannahill of Dublin. Miss Tannahill underwent surgery in Belfast before she was selected as our winner, so the full cost of her treatment has been refunded to her. Many congratulations!
Congratulations to Ms Marian Dudley who was the winner of our competition to win free laser eye surgery for December! Marian is very happy with the results of her treatment..
November's prize draw winner was Mr Reece Marlow from Dublin. Mr Marlow made his initial enquiry using our website and as this month's winner, will now be refunded the full cost of his laser eye surgery procedure.
Miss Niamh Mc Dermott of Camira, Co Laois was the lucky winner of our Win FREE Laser Eye Surgery prize draw in October. Miss Mc Dermott is very happy with her new vision and says that her experience with Optical Express has been "Fantastic!".
This month's winner of life changing laser eye surgery is Mr Michael Coughlan from Galway. When told that he was September's winner Mr Coughlan could not believe it, only a few days prior had he entered his details online to win the competition. He said that the decision to have treatment was one of the best he has ever made! Well done Mr Coughlin for going on the website to enter!
What a great summer surprise, and certainly not last of the summer wine for Jacklyn Tully from Newbridge who is our 'win free laser treatment' winner for August. Just in time to reap the benefits of laser eye surgery from Optical Express for this summer and many to come. Congratulations Jackyln, who'll now be able to wear her designer sunglasses.
Mr David Hughes from County Wicklow, is the lucky winner of our Win FREE Laser Eye Surgery competition for July. Our congratulations go out to him and we are very happy to be refunding him the cost of his treatment.
The winner of our competition for June was Mrs Helen Williams from Cambridge. Mrs Williams was very happy to win back the cost of her surgery and is delighted with her new vision.
Congratulations to Ms Susan Moloney who was the winner of our competition to win free laser eye surgery in May! Susan had her consultation at our Aberdeen clinic and is very happy with her new vision.
April's prize draw winner was Ms Helen Gilbert, who had her laser eye surgery consultation in our White City clinic in London. Ms Gilbert made her initial enquiry using our website and, as this month's winner, will be refunded the full cost of her laser eye surgery procedure.
Our lucky winner for March was Ms Debbie Urqhart who wins back the cost of her laser eye surgery. Ms Urqhart had her consultation and treatment at our clinic in Shaftesbury Avenue, London and is delighted with the results.
Valentines Day Winners
Our congratulations go to Philip Seward and Catherine Spriggs this Valentines Day. This lucky pair were the winners of our special Valentines Day laser promotion where we were offering two extra chances for our patients to win free laser eye surgery. Both Mr Seward and Ms Spriggs were delighted to be given the news that they had won and are both very happy with the results of their treatments. We wish them both the very best for the future.
The winner of our competition for February is Krystal Hall of Belfast, who had her laser eye treatment on the 3rd of February in our Belfast clinic. She wins back the total cost of her surgery and is delighted with her new vision!
New Year - New You Winners
To celebrate the New Year, Optical Express wanted to thank our patients for their support by offering an extra WIN Free Laser eye surgery draw in addition to our regular monthly competition.
The lucky winners were Lynn Dunn from Glasgow,
and Debbie Lockhart from Inverness.
Both Ms Dunn and Ms Lockhart were very happy to be winning back the cost of their surgery.
We bring in the New Year by saying congratulations to our first winner of free laser eye treatment in 2009, our congratulations go to Marikune Hidalgo! Miss Hidalgo had her initial consultation on the 12th January in Surrey and was treated on the 20th January at our Harley Street Clinic by our experienced surgeon, Jonathan Carr. Miss Hidalgo is very happy with the results of her treatment and was delighted to hear that she was this months winner, winning back the total cost of her treatment.
Our lucky competition winner for December was Bernice Hamilton, who had her laser eye treatment at our Trafford Clinic on the 9th December. Ms Hamilton was delighted with the results of her surgery and at winning our competition. We are very happy to award her the prize - the total cost of her surgery.
Congratulations to Mr Sujad Rashid, November's winner of our Win Free Laser Eye Surgery Competition! Mr Rashid was treated in our Meadowhall Clinic on the 11th November and was very pleased with both the results of his surgery and at being November's winner.
October's prize draw winner was Mr. Iain Stewart Ford, who had his laser eye surgery consultation in our Silverburn clinic in Glasgow. Mr. Stewart Ford made his initial enquiry using our website and, as this month's winner, will now be refunded the full cost of his laser eye surgery procedure.
September's winner is Mr. Robert Fletcher of Leeds who won back the cost of his laser eye treatment. He is pictured receiving his cheque from councillor Nyree Pickering.
Congratulations to Annette Kashdan who was the winner of our competition to win free laser eye surgery in August! Annette had her consultation at our Lister Gate clinic in Nottingham.
July's lucky winner was Kerry Horton from Dudley in the West Midlands. Kerry was treated at our Birmingham clinic on the 30th July and was elated with her new 6/5 unaided vision!
Our competition winner for June is Lucy Murphy, who had her laser eye treatment on the 18th of June in our Birmingham clinic. She wins back the total cost of her surgery.
Mr. Fraser McMullan of Dublin is our competition winner for May. He was treated on the 22nd May in our Dublin clinic and now has outstanding 6/5 vision.
Mr. Gary Trew is the lucky winner of April's prize draw to win back the cost of his laser eye surgery. Mr. Trew, pictured above with store manager Ian Gillies and optometrist Prashna Bharkhada, had his consultation in our Wimbledon store.
March's winner is Mr. Michael Hird of Newcastle who wins back the cost of his laser eye treatment.
Our lucky winner in February was Mr. Robin Beavis who wins back the cost of his laser eye surgery. Mr Beavis had his consultation and treatment at our clinic in Cheltenham.
Congratulations to Fiona Murphy who was the winner of our competition to win free laser eye surgery in January! Fiona had her consultation at our clinic in Dublin.
Mr. Richard Ambrose was the lucky winner of our prize draw in December. Mr. Ambrose made his initial enquiry on our website and had his laser eye surgery consultation and treatment at our clinic in Cambridge.
November's winner of our prize draw was Mr. Simon Fowler who had his laser eye surgery consultation in our Bournemouth clinic. Mr. Fowler made his initial enquiry using our website and, as this month's winner, will now be refunded the full cost of his laser eye surgery procedure.
This winner of our prize draw in October was Mr. Phillip Ball from Aldershot. He came along to our Optical Express Lister Gate clinic in Nottingham to collect his cheque, refunding him the full amount for his treatment.
Mrs. Joanne Miles was the lucky September winner of our prize draw and she was delighted to receive a cheque from us giving her a full refund on the cost of her laser eye surgery procedure. On hearing the news she said, "I am delighted, I really am." Mrs. Miles arrived at the Optical Express clinic in the St John's Shopping Centre in Liverpool to collect her cheque and posed for pictures with staff before heading home to celebrate. (Photo above from left to right: laser trained optometrist Christopher Price, September competition winner Joanne Miles, laser counsellor Sarah Cooper)
Terms & Conditions
This offer is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents who respond to an SMS promotion or visit our websites at http://www.opticalexpress.co.uk or http://www.opticalexpress.ie and complete a laser eye surgery enquiry form by entering their contact information.
- There is one prize each month of either (i) a voucher for the full costs of laser eye surgery at Optical Express; or (ii) a €500 voucher for other Optical Express products or services (at the winner's selection).
- The Optical Express prize draw is held on the 2nd Friday of each month for the previous calendar month.
- One winner each month will be randomly selected to win the prize.
- By entering the Optical Express prize draw you consent to Optical Express processing your personal data to enable it to operate the prize draw.
- In the event you are selected as a winner of the prize draw, we will contact you. As a condition of receiving your prize you will be required to provide a photograph and testimonial to Optical Express and confirm that you consent to Optical Express publishing your name, photograph and the testimonial upon the website located at www.opticalexpress.co.uk, If you don't wish to give your consent for these activities then please do not enter the prize draw. If you do not provide a photograph or testimonial, or confirm your consent, or respond at all to our contact, within 28 days of us contacting you your right to the prize will be automatically withdrawn.
- In the event that your right to a prize is withdrawn we may offer the prize to another entrant in the prize draw.
- All vouchers must be redeemed within three months of their date or they will automatically lapse.
- The provision of laser eye surgery is subject to patient clinical suitability as determined at a free consultation at an Optical Express laser eye surgery clinic. If a winner attends a consultation for laser eye surgery and is found to be clinically unsuitable for laser eye surgery then a voucher worth €500 to be redeemed by the winner against other Optical Express products and or services will be issued.
- Prizes and vouchers are not transferable under any circumstances, even if a winner is deemed clinically unsuitable for laser eye surgery following their consultation.
- The surgeon's decision on clinical suitability and whether to proceed with treatment is final.
- There is no cash alternative available.
- Open only to UK and Republic of Ireland residents.
- One entry per person per month. Entrants must be aged 18 years of age or over.
- Promoter: Optical Express (Westfield) Limited, 5 Deerdykes Road, Westfield, Cumbernauld, Glasgow, G68 9HF ("Optical Express").
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